Ongoing Children's Programs

 

Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" & "Reading to the Cat and Dogs" - Read the article below the monthly children's department news to learn more about these programs.  Check the monthly news to learn the date and location of the reading sessions. There are no programs in May or August.  Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.  You may register by phone or in person.

Lapsit for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers.  Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. Lead by Volunteer Amanda Barche Lindberg from Ivy Tech. This is a good opportunity for families to make new friends and have fun at the library.

Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend. 

Many other special programs are held throughout the year.

Children's Department News - January, 2015

 

 

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Children’s Department News – January 2015

Weekly Programs

Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Story times are for children ages 2 and older & their families or caregivers.

Location: Children’s Activity Room

 

Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Story times are for children ages 2 and older & their families or caregivers.

Location: Children’s Activity Room

January 1: Library closed for the New Year’s Holiday

January 2: The library will open at noon. No story time

January 6, 8 & 9:  Gingerbread boy and girl stories.

January 13, 15 & 16: New stories: Annie Hoot and the Knitting Extravaganza and Woolbur.

January 20, 22 & 23: Books about snow: “If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws! & Splat the Cat and the Snowy Day Surprise

January 27, 29, & 30: Paddington Bear stories and craft.

 

Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children’s activity room. This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs.

*****Please check the library’s web site for closings during inclement weather and additional information about programs .*****

 ***Special Programs for Children and their Families or Caregivers***

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           Lego Club

           Saturday, January 10

Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms

          Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library’s collection of Lego blocks. Children who are younger than 9, must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and make new friends! Structures will be on display for one month in cases near the children’s area and on the second floor near the meeting rooms.

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day of Service

Monday, January 19

“Reading to the Kids”

Students from Purdue’s Civic Engagement & Leadership Development program & the Black Cultural Center will be reading to children at the WLPL. Children of all ages and their families or caregivers are invited to listen to stories and interact with the students.

Every family who attends this event will receive a free book!

Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon

Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms, 2nd floor

 

 

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Reading to the Dogs!

Saturday, January 24

Time: 2 to 3 p.m.; Place: Walnut & Elm rooms

Registration required by Friday, January 23

Presented by members of Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Come and read to a certified therapy dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.  Please check our web site the morning of the program if snow or sleet is predicted, because several of our dog team members travel to W.L. from nearby towns, and the event may need to be cancelled.

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          Valentine’s Day Crafts

         Saturday, January 31

                  Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms

Children of all ages and their families will have an opportunity to be creative and make cards and decorations for Valentine’s Day. Children who are younger than 9 years old must have an adult with them. No registration or fee.

 

 

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***New in the children's area:  "School Projects Reference Cart"***

The children's department now has a "School Projects Reference Cart."    Books about subjects that are being studied at Cumberland and Happy Hollow School are on this cart and are for use at the library.   Since the demand for these resources for reports and projects is high they cannot be checked out,  but you can photocopy/photograph pages you want to take home.

The cart is located next to the catalog computers in the children's area. Please ask a staff member if you need assistance with the books.  

Topics at this time include American history, Native Americans, Pilgrims, animals in winter, and explorers.  In January, more topics will be added as we increase our non-fiction collection.

 

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December 2014 Children's Department News

Weekly Programs in the Children's Department

Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.

Location: Children’s Activity Room

December 2, 4 & 5: New stories: Dog Loves Books & Dog Loves Drawing.

December 9, 11 & 12: New and old stories: Little Blue Truck’s Christmas & Mo Willems’ Waiting Is Not Easy!

December 16, 18 & 19: Celebrate the holidays with stories about this season of giving and sharing. We will make a holiday craft.

December 23: No story time

December 30: Story time @ 10:30.  Favorite stories.

 

Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children’s activity room. This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs.

No program on December 22.

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Holiday Hours

The library will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23rd

December 24 & 25: Library closed for Christmas vacation.

Friday opening time (Dec. 26): noon. 

***No lap sit or story time during the week of December 22.***

December 30: Library closes at 3 p.m.

December 31 & January 1: Library closed for New Year’s Holiday.

January 2: The library will open at noon. No story.

***Please check the library’s web site for closings during inclement weather.***

 

 

Special Programs for Families

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Winter Holiday Family Craft Day

Saturday, December 6

1 to 4 p.m. Location: Walnut & Elm Rooms

Bring your families to the library to make winter holiday crafts to decorate your homes, including  ornaments, wreaths, baskets, Santa, stars, trees, reindeer, angels, snowflakes, & Olaf the Snowman and other crafts with the characters from the movie "Frozen."  Free.   No registration. This event is for children of all ages, but an adult must stay with children who are younger than 9.

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Lego Club

Saturday, December 13

Time: 1 to 2:20 p.m. Location: Walnut & Elm Rooms

            Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library’s collection of Lego blocks. Children who are younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and make new friends! Structures will be on display for one month in cases near the children’s area & on the second floor, near the Walnut & Elm meeting rooms.

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs!

Saturday, December 13

2 to 3 p.m., Children’s Activity Room; For children ages 4 and older

            The Caring Paws therapy cat and dogs will be back and eager to listen to children read stories to them! Children may bring favorite books from home or choose books when they arrive at the library. At the end of the reading session, there will be a short “meet and greet” opportunity for children who are not yet reading and their parents or caregivers.

Please register by Friday, December 12.

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***New in the children's area:  "School Projects Reference Cart"***

The children's department now has a "School Projects Reference Cart."    Books about subjects that are being studied at Cumberland and Happy Hollow School are on this cart and are for use at the library.   Since the demand for these resources for reports and projects is high they cannot be checked out,  but you can photocopy/photograph pages you want to take home.

The cart is located next to the catalog computers in the children's area. Please ask a staff member if you need assistance with the books.  

Topics at this time include American history, Native Americans, Pilgrims, animals in winter, and explorers.  In January, more topics will be added as we increase our non-fiction collection.

 

 

Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!

     At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners.  When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.

     Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years.  The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.  The animals come about 9 times a year.  Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.

About Caring Paws

     Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area.  Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.

     All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society).  With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

     The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.

     For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: www.caring-paws.org or the Pet Partners site: www.petpartners.org

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.

 

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Therapy Dogs International (TDI)

     Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs."  Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar.  TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.

     

 

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